Derek Yalden

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Derek William Yalden
B.Sc., Ph.D.
Derek Yalden CROP.jpg
Yalden at the BTO Conference in 2010
Born (1940-11-04)4 November 1940
Died 5 February 2013(2013-02-05)
Nationality British
Alma mater
Employer University of Manchester, School of Biological Sciences
Known for President of The Mammal Society

Dr Derek William Yalden, B.Sc., Ph.D. (4 November 1940 – 5 February 2013[1]) was a zoologist and an Honorary Reader at the University of Manchester.

After obtaining a 1st Class B.Sc. University College London in 1962, he completed his PhD on carpal bones in mammals at Royal Holloway College, under Prof. P. M. Butler, in 1965.[2] He then worked as an Assistant Lecturer, and eventually Senior Lecturer, at the University of Manchester, School of Biological Sciences,[3] teaching vertebrate zoology.[4] He retired from there in 2005, after 40 years' service.[4]

He was president of The Mammal Society[4][5] from 1997 until his death, and edited their journal, Mammal Review from 1980-2002.[3] He authored or co-authored over 200 scientific publications.[4]

Leptopelis yaldeni, (grassland forest tree frog, named by M. Largen in 1977), and Desmomys yaldeni (Yalden's desmomys, a rodent named by L. Lavrenchenko in 2003) are named in his honour.[4] Both are endemic to Ethiopia.

The Derek Yalden Fund[edit]

An expert in the mammals of the UK and of Ethiopia, Derek also took hundreds of students on field courses. To honour his memory, a fund has been set up to provide undergraduates from limited income families with financial support to help fund their field trips whilst studying at Manchester. [6]


He listed his research interests as:



  • Which Bat is it? by R. E. Stebbings, D. W. Yalden and J. S. Herman; 3rd ed. London: Mammal Society, c2007 ISBN 0-906282-64-0
  • Corbet, G. B. (Gordon Barclay); Derek William Yalden (1972). Recent records of mammals (other than bats) from Ethiopia. London :: British Museum (Natural History),. pp. 211–252 : ill, 1map ; 25cm. 
  • Yalden, D. W. (Derek William) (1977). The Identification of remains in Owl Pellets. Reading :: Mammal Society,. pp. 8p. : ill. ; 22cm. 
  • Snow, Keith Ronald; D. W. Yalden (1978). Identification of larval ticks found on small mammals in Britain. Reading :: Mammal Society,. pp. 14p. : ill. ; 22cm. ISBN 0-906282-02-0. 
  • Yalden, D. W. (Derek William) (1982). When did the mammal fauna of the British Isles arrive?. Oxford :: Blackwell Scientific, for the Mammal Society,. pp. 57p : ill., maps ; 25 cm. 
  • Yalden, D. W. (Derek William) (1987). The scientific names of British mammals and why they change. London :: Mammal Society,. pp. 11p ; 22cm. 
  • Yalden, D. W. (Derek William); Malcolm Largen; D. Kock (1996). A catalogue of the mammals of Ethiopia. [S.l.] :: [s.n.],. pp. 1 v. (various pagings) ; 25 cm. 
  • Yalden, D. W. (Derek William); Priscilla Barrett (1999). The history of British mammals. London :: T. & A.D. Poyser,. pp. 305 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. ISBN 0-85661-110-7. 
  • Wheeler, Philip Michael Da Silva; D. W. Yalden (2002). Distribution of mammals across the upland landscape. Manchester :: University of Manchester,. pp. 247p. 
  • Harris, S.; D. W. Yalden (2008). Mammals of the British Isles handbook (4th ed.). Southampton :: The Mammal Society. pp. xiv, 799 p. : ill. ; 31 cm. ISBN 978-0-906282-65-6. 
  • Yalden, D. W.; Albarella, U. (2009). The History of British Birds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-921751-9. [8]

Journal articles (selected)[edit]

  • "Bog Bilberry Vaccinium uliginosum in the Peak District". Sorby Record; 40: 28-29 (2001)
  • "The older history of the White-tailed Eagle in Britain". British Birds; 100: 471-480. (2007)
  • Pearce-Higgins JW, Finney SK, Yalden DW, Langston RHW (2007) "Testing the effects of recreational disturbance on two upland breeding waders". Ibis; 148 (Suppl 1): 45-55. (2007)


  1. ^ Pearce-Higgins, James (April 2013). "Derek William Yalden (1940–2013)". British Birds. 106 (4): 226–227. ISSN 0007-0335. 
  2. ^ A Contribution to the Functional Morphology of the Mammalian Carpus, 1966
  3. ^ a b "Biography". University of Manchester. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Yalden, D. W.; Albarella, U. (2009). The History of British Birds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-921751-9. 
  5. ^ "Derek Yalden has died | The Mammal Society". Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
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  7. ^ Michael McCarthy (2013-02-20). "The decline and fall of the Peak District wallabies - Nature Studies - Nature". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  8. ^ "The History of British Birds". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2008-11-22.